Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate Covered Potato ChipsTrader Joe’s continues its introduction of comfort candies. Recently they released a few licorice items and today I have their new Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips.

The package is easy on the eyes, a soft robin’s egg blue and mellow orange-brown. The package shows the product, which is exactly what you’d think from the name: potato chips covered in milk chocolate. The reality of the candy once out of the bag was a bit different, as you’ll see with my pictures.

The ingredients list is short (milk chocolate and potato chips, basically) but sadly enough their list of allergens is long: milk and soy are ingredients but also may contain traces of wheat, egg, peanuts and tree nuts. So this crunchy confection may be off limits to gluten free friends. They are Kosher.

Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

I’ll let Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer do the description here, since they went through so many drafts and have an approval process:

These are thick, ridge-cut potato chips that have been drenched in creamy milk chocolate. Nothing more. Every crunchy bite brings a symphony of flavors and textures that please the palate and bring joy to the world. Or at least to your taste buds. Let’s be frank: this is not health food. This is comfort food, pure and simple. And simply delicious. In the name of “moderation in all things,” we think a moderate amount of Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips, at their moderate price of $2.99 for each 6.5 ounce bag, fits right in with a balanced lifestyle.

My chocolate covered potato chips were rarely flat and even more rarely single. Most were big, fused lumps of chips. Some were easy to pull apart but sometimes that meant that the chocolate went with the other piece and I ended up with an open faced chocolate covered chip.

Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

By far the biggest proportion of my bag was made up of folded chips covered in chocolate. This was an interesting predicament, because it meant less chocolate and more chip. They were also messier, as they were more likely to flake off chip bits (or sometimes have other chips within the fold).

The milk chocolate is soft and sweet, very milky and sometimes a little greasy feeling. The chips are thick and have a very strong potato taste to them, they’re crunchy for the most part. There’s a lot of salt taste to the candy, though in reality it’s not that bad at 140 mg per serving. The chocolate is sweet in comparison to the chips, more sweet than it needs to be.

I really wanted to like this, as I’m a huge fan of savory and sweet combinations like chocolate covered pretzels. It could be that the potato chips are just a little too greasy for me along with the fat content of the chocolate itself. I might give them another try, when I think that a different lot is available at my store - maybe I just got the dregs - little pieces that got coated and then stuck together. Or maybe I’ll just stick with chocolate covered pretzels, they’re a tried and true favorite. It’s a real shame that these aren’t gluten free.

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Name: Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips
Brand: Trader Joe’s
Place Purchased: Trader Joe's
Price: $2.99
Size: 6.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 153
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Trader Joe's, Chocolate, Cookie, 7-Worth It, United States

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  1. I actually got these a couple of days ago, and went straight here to see if you’ve reviewed them yet! These were an impulse buy; I’ve only heard glorious tales of chocolate-covered potato chips on the internet, and was very shocked and excited to actually see them in the store.

    Most of my chips were stuck together too, but I liked them a lot anyway. I’d imagined that the chip would have been thinner and a thinner coating of chocolate as well, and after eating a few I decided that I liked the thickness and crunchyness of the chip itself, but the chocolate coating, while tasty, could be thinner (for texture and…health purposes. Though who am I kidding, really. I’m buying chocolate covered potato chips for Pete’s sake!)

    Comment by Barbara on 10/11/11 at 6:59 pm #
  2. I absolutely love these. They’re super decadent, which means I can only eat a few at a time (luckily). But oh my goodness, are they delicious. My new favorite snack.

    Comment by Taryn on 10/11/11 at 7:49 pm #
  3. WOW! just wow.

    Comment by Gobble Monkey on 10/12/11 at 1:34 am #
  4. If they fixed the sticking problem I would be way more likely to pick them up.

    I really liked the chocolate covered potato chip pieces in Ben & Jerry’s Late Night Snack, have you tried it?

    Comment by Rodzilla on 10/12/11 at 7:00 am #
  5. I didn’t like them either. And I LOVE sweet/salty combinations. The chocolate is too greasy and the chips too potato-y. It’s that strong vegetable/root flavor that overwhelms the chocolate which isn’t that great itself. I mean, I wouldn’t want to eat a bar of that chocolate itself. Right there is the problem.

    Comment by the surfing pizza on 10/12/11 at 7:41 am #
  6. There’s a little shop in Portsmouth NH (at least there used to be) that takes this treat one step further: potato chips dipped first in caramel, *then* in chocolate. Oh, they’re happy. The shop calls them “Evil Chips”.

    Comment by Alix on 10/12/11 at 7:53 am #
  7. Oh man, I will be picking these up on my next Trader Joe’s run. I’ve been really into the salty/sweet combination lately and mixing Combos with M&Ms; is probably not the best method.  Or is it…?

    Comment by the candy fan on 10/12/11 at 8:17 am #
  8. My dad would love those.

    Comment by Dave on 10/12/11 at 9:51 am #
  9. Does anyone have the nutrition facts on these? Curious.

    Comment by Paige on 10/12/11 at 10:15 am #
  10. THESE are absolutly delicious every time i go to tjs i have a hard time resisting buying them they are so crunchy and chocolaty i am 76 years old and still crave chocolate the first time i ate these i knew i had finally found my dream chocolate snack i dont mind that they stick together

    Comment by jackie noor on 3/13/15 at 7:13 pm #
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